Many of us expressed constant amazement during Bejing’s 2008 Summer Olympic games, but London will hold its own next year.  The 2012 Olympics’ basketball arena has been completed and the 12,000 seat arena will give London its own cool vibe.

Best of all:  the arena will be dismantled after the Olympics and reinstalled elsewhere in the United Kingdom.  It was build on time and on budget, and will host its first event within two months.

Designers included Sinclair Knight Merz: Nussli International; Wilkinson Eyre; and KSS Design Group. Based on the work so far, we are in for a treat next summer--athletics and architecture will reign!

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.